Friday, September 12, 2014

Be Bigger Than Yourself! (and an update)

So, it has been a long, LONG time since I did a blog.
A ton has happened, most of which I'm not really going to get into because it's old news.
Short version: got referred to another hospital for my cardiac issues, found new heart problems, started new meds, increased those meds twice, if I increase again I'll be on the max dosage and then will be looking at surgery because my problems will continue to increase over time. I am officially on disability after over a year of fighting for it. I want to move out but realistically can't afford it, not if I want to stay in NJ (which I do). I stopped my mood stablizers due to side effects. Without them I seem to have zero motivation for anything and it's starting to bum me out. I haven't been able to travel due to my dog's health. He is 14+ years old and his health seems to go downhill if I leave. My last trip was in July, I went to the Transplant Games of America in Texas with a good friend. It was a great experience but my dog didn't handle it well. So I'm stuck home until I'm forced to go to Florida in November. (or until he dies *sadness*)

Now for the fun stuff!:

I am now an official intern for the More Than Just Me Foundation! 
Why? Well because the MTJMe foundation developed something called the Saltwater Challenge. (inspired by the Ice bucket challenge) and yours truly not only participated in it but also recruited the marketing team at the global medical supply company BD to participate as well.  Okay, I can't take all the credit, my mom works at BD.  Anyway, roughly $600 was raised. My mom also applied for company gift matching, and it was approved. So all in all around $1100-1200 was raised. I was contacted by the founder of MTJMe with the opportunity to become an intern for them, and of course, I jumped right on that! We all know I bleed CF awareness. MTJMe focuses on raising awareness for multiple causes including helping the homeless and Cystic Fibrosis. I'm super proud to be a part of the awesomeness that is MTJMe!

Things to check out!:

My Saltwater Challenge video!

The BD Marketing Team doing the challenge!